WINNER: Passive Aggressiveness; Protesting student pays tuition bill in $1 bills
Protesting the rising cost of college, a University of Utah student paid his tuition bill with 2,000 one-dollar bills, the AP reported. Luq Mughal, a 21-year-old electrical engineering student, brought a metal case full of cash to the school last Tuesday on the payment deadline. Mughal said he receives a discount because his father is a faculty member, and so acknowledged his situation isn’t as bad as it could be. But he still spends his weekend working to cover his tuition. Utah’s in-state tuition has more than doubled in the past 10 years, and trustees set a 5-percent tuition hike this year for the university.
LOSER: Understanding; Victoria’s Secret store keeps woman from breastfeeding
For a company that usually doesn’t have much of a problem with exposed skin, a Victoria’s Secret store in Austin denied a woman permission to breastfeed her baby inside the store. Today.com reports that Ashley Clawson, a 27-year-old mother of two, was shopping in Victoria’s Secret when her 4-month-old son began to cry from hunger. When she asked if she could use one of the store’s dressing rooms to nurse her son, she was told no – with an employee suggesting she could use the alley outside the store. Clawson said she was shocked, humiliated and confused as she left the store and fed her son in a public restroom. Victoria’s Secret has since issued a statement apologizing for the event: “We have a longstanding policy permitting mothers to nurse their children in our stores and we are sorry that it was not followed in this case.”
WINNER: Changing Reality; Denver County Fair adds marijuana contests
Now that Colorado has legalized marijuana, the Denver County Fair has added pot-themed contests to its 2014 summer fair. There are nine pot categories, judging: live plants and clones, marijuana-infused brownies, homemade bongs and roach clips, and clothing and fabric made with hemp. While there won’t be any marijuana at the fairgrounds, judging for the different contests will be held off-site with photos showing the winners. On the fairgrounds a live joint-rolling contest will use oregano.